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Feminism and Psychoanalysis

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  The Bureau is excited to partner again with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you:   Feminism and Psychoanalysis   Instructor: Paige Sweet     Sigmund Freud famously described femininity as a “riddle” and “dark continent.” Yet, the psychoanalytic theories Freud generated, particularly his conception of how the unconscious influences the development [...]

Tue. Nov 12, 2019 6:30 PM


April 30, 2014

“Children of the Brain:” Harry Hay’s Life, Theory, and Activism, 1953-1964. A talk by Ben Miller

Harry Hay’s life is typically presented in two chunks: the first covers his founding of the Mattachine Society, from approximately 1948 to his exit in 1953; the second, his involvement with and co-founding of the Radical Faeries in the 1970s and 1980s. Very little has been written about the time in between. While Hay’s biography spends only twenty-odd pages discussing the middle period of his life, new research demonstrates the importance of this period in his theory and activism, and the uniqueness of his ideas about identity and politics. Between 1953 and 1955, Hay fell into a deep political, emotional, and theoretical paralysis, as demonstrated by his withdrawal from homophile activism, unstable and dependent relationship with hat designer Jørn Kamgren, and often difficult-to-decipher and circular research notes. This paralysis was unlocked by developments in his research and theory. Fueled by research and an until-now unknown affair with a Tewa Native American man, Hay proposed a new social role for homophiles based on Native American traditions, in which they were responsible for producing intellectual and cultural capital and contributing to social development.

Ben Miller is a New York-based writer and student of history. Current projects include thesis research on early gay activist Harry Hay that has taken him to archives in California and conferences from Pennsylvania to New Mexico, an adaptation of an early Mozart libretto for performance at Carnegie Hall, and new short fiction influenced by his historical research. He is the 2014 winner of New York University’s Bessie and Louis Levy Prize for Excellence in American History, and the recipient of the Steffi Berne Research Scholarship in the Humanities from the same institution. His teachers in history and writing have included Linda Gordon, K. Kevyne Baar, Marcelle Clements, and Jonathan Safran Foer. His academic writing has appeared in HistorianCollege Film and Media Studies, and the Chicago Journal of History; and his short fiction has appeared in BrioStudio on the Square, and West 10th. He is editor or co-editor of several publications, co-founder of Squid Ink Magazine (launching soon), and serves on the communications committee of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. He tweets @benwritesthings.

Photo: Harry Hay in Carmel, 1958. San Francisco Public Library Gay and Lesbian Center.



Start: April 30, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 30, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 29, 2014

26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalist Reading at Leslie + Lohman Museum of Lesbian and Gay Art

The Bureau will sell books that have been nominated for Lambda Literary Awards at the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalist Reading at Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.


Confirmed readers: Michael Klein, Cory Silverberg, Bushra Rehman, Larry Benjamin, Jane Hoppen, Richard Bowes, Jerry Rosco, Donna Minkowitz, Kathleen Warnock, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Jaime Woo, R. Erica Doyle, Stephen Mills, Roberta Degnore, Perry Halkitis, Annie Lanzillotto, Hilton Als, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Suzanne Parker, Alysia Abbott, Dominic Ambrose, Wally Lamb, Nell Stark, Ann Pellegrini, and Imogen Binnie.


For a complete list of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalists click here.





Start: April 29, 2014 6:00 PM
End: April 29, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Leslie + Lohman Musuem of Gay and Lesbian Art
Phone: (212) 431-2609
26 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10013, United States

April 26, 2014

Queers Got Talent Show: A Benefit for Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

Come check out some of the hottest, most talented queers in NYC! Local burlesque dancers, musicians, filmmakers, and comedians will present short works in this fun-filled evening. Emceed by Drae Campbell and featuring fabulous raffle prizes from Trouble Films, Metropolitan Bar, The Pleasure Chest, Third Root Community Health Center, Tres Belle Petite Medi-Spa, Birds of Lace Press, and more! Awesome queer books plus wine and beer will all be available for sale! $5-$10 sliding scale admission fee benefits the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) www.qdep.org. Email teresatheo@gmail.com for more information.

Confirmed performers:

Foxie Squire (burlesque)
Krissy Mahan (filmmaker)
Rose Hips (burlesque)
Ghostcat  (musician)
Velvet Kensington (burlesque)
Elsa Waithe  (comedian)
Jz Bich (burlesque)
Anna/Kate with Jayne Quan (musicians)
LeoVana (drag)
Michelle Brotman (musician)
Teresa Michele (burlesque)






Start: April 26, 2014 7:30 PM
End: April 26, 2014 11:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: $5-$10 suggested donation

Poetry Benefit for Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

Poets Stephen Boyer, Ariel Goldberg, and others will read their work in support of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project.  Pay what you wish to donate at the door.



QDEP is an Alternative-to-Detention program for queer, trans, and HIV+ detainees, asylees, and their families in NYC and New Jersey.  QDEP supports folks in securing housing, food, education, travel, employment, healthcare, arts space, legal services, know-your-rights trainings, and community organizing.



For more information email  hanugent1@gmail.com




Start: April 26, 2014 4:00 PM
End: April 26, 2014 6:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: $5-$10 suggested donation

April 25, 2014

TELL 3: Close Calls

TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

Close Calls is the theme of the third installment of TELL.

Featuring special guests:

Silas Howard

Greg Newton

Jade Payne

Lady Quesa’Dilla



Drae Campbell

Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Besides winning the 2011 Miss LEZ title, Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in fesivals globally. Drae was dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell throws a monthly party in Brooklyn called PRIME. Check her out online and around town. www.draecampbell.com
 Lady Quesa

Lady Quesa’Dilla AKA Alejandro Rodríguez– Alejandro is a native Tejan@ from the El Paso and Ciudad Juárez border. Their work is at the intersection of cultural identity, drag, and community. “The Brown Queen,” an autobiographical solo performance about growing up queer in the southwest, premiered at HERE Arts Center in the spring of 2010. Most recent solo performances include “My Tia Lupe” and “The Faggot in the Pink House”. He has performed in New York City, El Paso, Texas, and Chiapas, Mexico. Alejandro is a member of The  House of Bushwig, as Lady Quesa’Dilla, duties include Volunteer Coordinator for the annual Bushwig Festival.

Alejandro can also be found as an Information and Referral Specialist at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan; and as a Teaching Artist in The Bronx and Brooklyn.

Alejandro holds a BA in Theater from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, and a MA in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and is an alum from The Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics.

Resides in Brooklyn.



Silas Howard

SILAS HOWARD began his career in degeneracy by playing music with the legendary punk band Tribe8.  Silas’s first feature film By Hook or By Crook, was a Sundance Film Festival premiere and five-time Best Feature winner. His documentary, What I Love About Dying, premiered at Sundance Film Festival and festivals internationally. Silas’s writing has been published in various anthologies and magazines. His second feature, Sunset Stories premiered at the SXSW film festival in 2012. Recently he directed Hudson Valley Ballers, a new webseries starring SNL veterans Paula Pell and James Anderson.



Greg Tell 3

Failed academic Greg Newton earned his BA at Hunter College, majoring in religion and minoring in art history. He completed his coursework and examinations for a PhD in art history at CUNY Graduate Center before leaving academia to co-found the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division with his partner Donnie Jochum. He taught art history and writing at Parsons for 8 years while working on his dissertation on monochrome painting. He continues to pursue his profound interest in passivity, emptiness, silence, withdrawal, refusal, erasure, failure, uselesness, and negativity in general at the Bureau.



Jade Payne

Jade Payne is a cosmic-mixed-race-diesel-femme, musician, and sound-sculptor/engineer. She plays guitar and electronic music in the two bands, Aye Nako and Holotropik. Jade enjoys geeking out about techy stuff, crystals, unknown pleasures, and the occult. She lives in Brooklyn with a chihuahua named Broccolini.




Start: April 25, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 25, 2014 11:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States